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Barbara Lee, Councilmember Kaplan Condemn Trump’s Actions to Advance Keystone, Dakota Access Pipeline Kaplan calls on CalPERS to divest from Dakota Access pipeline

  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued a freeze on all new grants and contracts awarded to states through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   This decision will cut off financial support for states wanting [...]
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with elected officials, community and faith leaders, and law enforcement officials  Dec. 1 to discuss how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods.
Photo by Lawrence Jackson, White House.

State Leaders Confirm New AG: Not Before Republicans Question The Decision to Hire Eric Holder

  By Manny Otiko/California Black Media   Although Gov. Jerry Brown say that California is projected to face a $1. 6 billion shortfall next summer, Democrats, who control the state legislature, have decided to hire [...]
Youth Court facilitator Angela Adams (bottom left in white top), conducting the Law & Justice class with youth participants.

Youth Court Gives First Time Youth Offenders a Second Chance Through Restorative Justice

Continuing the successful Donald P. McCullum Youth Court, founded in 1994, Centerforce non-profit, headed by interim director Dolores Lyles, now oversees the program.   The program serves youth age 12-17, and gradPuates about 15-20 students [...]
Students urge the City Council in July to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Small Property Owners, Tenants Disapprove of Rent Control Changes

Both small property owners and tenants spoke out against Oakland city staff’s proposals for changes to the city’s rent laws on Tuesday night, which City Council unanimously supported during their first of two votes. &
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Anderson, senior pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church. Photo by Brandon Aninipot.

Millennial Oakland Pastor Builds Housing

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Anderson, senior pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church, concerned about Oakland’s declining African American population and consequently the corresponding decline in church attendance, has spearheaded an effort to build housing.
Members of the Alameda County Probate Court Reform Movement picket outside the Berkeley Superior Court building.

Oakland, Berkeley Urge District Attorney to Investigate County Probate Courts Alleged financial abuse and racial targeting lead to loss of properties, say beneficiaries

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to urge District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to empanel a grand jury that would investigate the county’s probate court system for unethical practices. &